Giant-killer continues on her wicked waves
KINGSCLIFF schoolgirl Stephanie Gilmore continued her giant-killing run in the Roxy Pro surfing contest at Snapper Rocks yesterday, eliminating the newly crowned World Champion Sofia Mulanovich.
Repeating her trouncing of Peruvian Mulanovich from yesterday's round one of competition, the young trial winner again looked capable of going all the way in her first ever WCT event.
Gilmore's smooth forehand demolition of Mulanovich seemed to come almost effortlessly after the 17 year-old began her scoreline with a strong 9.5 opener in the first minutes of the much-anticipated exchange.
The Kingscliff High Year 12 student then wisely decided to sit and wait in the inconsistent conditions as Mulanovich paddled around trying to play catch-up, but the Peruvian never got close.
Repeatedly catching rail or falling, and simply lacking Gilmore's flow and inherent consistency, Mulanovich looked to be feeling the pressure of being world champion.
A slight bump and tidal wobble in many of the prevailing 0.5-1m waves saw the world champ' struggling to find clean wave faces with any wall or length, and manage only a couple of medium-range scores at the halfway stage of the heat.
Gilmore sealed what looked an obvious victory towards heat's end when she nailed a 7.67 into her scoreline, as well as into Mulanovich's early tour hopes.
ROUND THREE RESULTS OF THE ROXY PRO: H1: Layne Beachley (Aus) 16.10 def Rebecca Woods 6.47; H2: Jacqueline Silva (Brz) 11.50 def Melanie Bartels (Haw) 5.73; H3: Samantha Cornish (Aus) 12.87 def Trudy Todd (Aus) 11.60; H4: Stephanie Gilmore (Aus) 17.17 def Sofia Mulanovich (Peru) 11.83; H5: Rochelle Ballard (Haw) 11.93 def Serena Brooke (Aus) 11.00; H6: Megan Abubo (Haw) 14.56 def Heather Clark (SthAf) 11.00; H7: Melanie Redman-Carr (Aus)12.43 def Laurina McGrath (Aus) 10.84; H8: Chelsea Georgeson (Aus) 18.33 def Claire Bevilacqua (Aus) 9.83.